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Veteran journalist: Frequent lift breakdowns no longer just a constituency problem but a national one




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Facebook user Jess Thia reported that all lifts in a 40-story HDB block in Dover Crescent broke down due to a power outage. She said that the power outage lasted from 12.35pm and lasted till about 1.15pm at Block 28B at Dover Crescent.
She said she tried climbing to her flat on the higher floors, but gave up halfway. She said that she saw a school boy climbing up and was panting badly.

Channel NewsAsia later reported on the lifts breaking down and said that a lift would break down in the block at least once a month.
West Coast Town Council said that it was investigating the power trip which caused the lift breakdown. A few days ago, all lifts in a highrise HDB flat in Woodlands also stopped working for several hours (https://theindependent.sg.sg/halimah-yacob-couldnt-be-reached-early-when-all-lifts-broke-down-in-woodlands-flat).
Commenting on the frequent lift breakdowns and malfunctions, which besides inconveniencing residents, has also caused injuries and a death, veteran journalist P N Balji said in his Facebook:
“One man died, a woman had a fracture and….Our lifts are breaking down ever so often. This is no more a constituency problem. It is a national problem. Can a national leader take ownership and put matters right?”
Minister for Trade and Industry and MP for West Coast GRC, Lim Hng Kiang, is the MP in charge of the affected block in Dover Crescent.

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